4 Great Family Protection Dog Breeds

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If you’re thinking of getting a family protection dog, you need to put effort into researching different dog breeds as well as the reasons why you personally want a guard dog. For example, if you only have a small apartment or townhouse, adding a large dog to your household could be problematic. That said, even the small Welsh Corgi could be a superb dog breed if you only need an alert dog to warn of possible intruders. The corgi used to be nicknamed the “Yard Dog” by Welsh farmers, because it would alert family members of any visitors or intruders in the yard!

The Best Family Protection Dog Breeds Around

Many people underestimate just how much of a deterrent dogs can be to possible harm doers. However, if you’re seeking all-round family protection, here’s our take on 7 dog breeds that can be trained to make the best family guard dogs.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are loyal to a fault. They are highly intelligent, fast and have a strong bite, which is one of the reasons they’re so commonly used by the police and armed forces. A well-bred, properly trained and socialized German Shepherd makes an ideal protection dog and family companion. 

Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois looks similar to German Shepherd dog, and is often used by European police forces. When trained, these dogs can be ideal for family protection and guarding. However, their herding instincts and need for extensive exercise can become an issue if their new family isn’t familiar with Belgian Malinois dog ownership.

Dutch Shepherd

The Dutch Shepherd is virtually unknown outside the Netherlands, but is a fantastic all around breed. They are cousins to German and Belgian Shepherds. These dogs are extremely clever and easy to train. They excel as family protection dogs, and also adore being around their family members!


The Rottweiler is a heavyset dog, weighing 100+ pounds of mostly muscle. They can be gentle giants or scary beasts, depending on personality, proper training and good socialization. Rotties are intelligent and can do nearly anything asked of them.

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